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Mpumalanga ICT Club, COP on spotlight.

We empower teachers, learners and communities with ICT skills including Coding

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

We assist schools to revive their computer labs. We first clean and trouble shoot old broken computers bringing them into live. After establishing the labs, we train teachers and learners into computer literacy skills and coding. We also motivate learners to take up Maths, Science and Technology subjects.
We have initiatives for everyour target audience.
1. She can connects: targeted parents of grade 1 - 5 learners into business computer skills.
2. Google Education Group - target teachers into Internet skills using Google for Education apps called G-Suit.
3. Microsoft community network sessions -targeting teachers into Microsoft Online tools Skills
4. Coding on Scratch and Hour of Code - target learners in schools, colleges and teachers in to coding and Robotics.
5. Motivational Sessionspeaker into IT /STEM Careers for Grade 9 girls DigiGirlz.
With this projects we introduce digital literacy in our communities and help them to solve day to day challenges especially education performance and focus to our learners in to STEM Careers.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Our beneficiaries are grade 4 -12 learners in schools by learning coding and getting inspired to choose STEM careers.Technical and Vocational training college IT students by encouraging them to be innovative and create their own projects. Teachers and parents of grade 1-5 learners who are unemployed. The assist learners to achieve in their schools work and bridge the Digital divide.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

We have included motivational session where we invite professionals and experts to talk to our learners about their different roles in the work place experience. We are also changing classrooms into ICT integration environment. We don't leave parents, we draw them closer to their kids journey and help them start projects that will sustain their lives.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Majority Adoption: I have expanded the pilot significantly and the program product or service has been adopted by the majority of our intended user base.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

Expertise in sector

  • 3-5 years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

I visit schools to monitor the use of ICT in Education everyday. I come across dusty and unused computer labs. Some as brand new computers lying and gathering dust then I clean them and fix them. I train teachers into computer literacy and coding together with the learners.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

Crime creates unrest in our communities and illiteracy breeds political tension so with our idea we are contributing to government initiative to bring down the level of failure in our communities to avoid these crisis. School principals by allowing us to use the computer labs. Other organisations such as SchoolnetSA by involving us in their projects. We appreciate the college principal by allowing us to use their resources such computer labs with Internet connection. Hospitality students at the Nkangala TVET College gives their Chef skills by providing catering for the girls. We also work with churches on motivational session. Our local newspaper too publish our stories.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

School principals by coordinating workshops and events
College Principal by hosting our events
Municipality by putting our projects in their community participating strategy
Other organisations such as SchoolnetSA involves us in their projects.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

In the 2016/2017 Academic year results has improved in the schools we touched with this projects. Some unemployment youth got jobs through producing computer literacy skills. We get feedback from school that the behaviour and conduct of learners changes for the better.

Geographic Focus

Africa -South Africa in particular Mpumalanga Province

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

12 to 36 months and ongoing.

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No


Join the conversation:

Photo of Nicole Ballou

Hi Nomusa Keninda 

Your ICT projects sounds very valuable. I think your component of encouraging women to seek careers in the STEM and IT fields is one of the greatest strengths of your work. You talk about cleaning and repairing old, unused computers. When you fix the machines, do you train the teachers and learners how to fix computer hardware as well? If they have the knowledge and skillset to repair their machines, they will likely be able to rely less on the organization and have more agency in their ICT labs. It would also open time in your schedule to dedicate to other projects.


Photo of Nomusa Keninda

Thank you for all the encouragements. Yes we do conduct trouble shooting, giving the ict committees and basic work shop on the connections of computer components. In another prIMary school there learners who already taken that initiative to look after their labs. I am also involving the Tvet colleges IT faculties to do practical in schools. Thanks again

Photo of Nicole Ballou

Hi Nomusa Keninda thanks for sharing more about your project, and for adding me to your team! Happy to collaborate more!


Photo of Nomusa Keninda

Hi Nicole

IT has been a fantastic journey and I learnt a lot.

Nomusa Keninda

Photo of Gina van der Ploeg

Hi Nomusa =)

Great to connect with another South African team in the Bridge Builder Challenge! I work with Our Workshop in Langa Township, Cape Town.

Something we have really been struggling with is connectivity (as I'm sure you do as well!). While we are working more with smart phones than computers I thought it might be helpful to tell you that some cellphone service providers work with Non-Profit groups. There is the opportunity to get free data (we haven't gotten it quite right yet!) but this could be helpful as you try and actively involved parents (who may have smartphones if their children do not) and extend the 'connectivity' and learning beyond the school environment!

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Hi my home buddies
Yes it's true that connectivity it's a problem. In most programmes that need connectivity, we partnered with TVET Colleges IT departments and they have number of labs with strong connectivity. Recently we got information that the colleges will have HOTSPOTS in campuses. Looking forward to getting connectivity.

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I am so excited about the Wednesday CuriosITy workshops organised by Brescia House School in South Africa. I will be presenting a Scratch Workshop to 175 girls attending the Workshop on the 30 May 2018 starting at 15h00-18h00 followed by dinner late. I hope you can access my classroom later. I will post it. Regards Nomusa Keninda

Photo of Omashani Naidoo

Hi Nomusa Keninda 
Well done on this project. I love the fact that you are providing opportunities to create more awareness around IT avenues for young girls and linking them with IT professionals. Can you describe whether you are also providing career discussions on potential new job creation opportunities for young people, as well as improving soft skills to enhance their opportunities for active economic engagement. :)

Photo of Nomusa Keninda

Hi Omashani,
At the moment we have the project of motivating grade 9 girls in taking STEM subjects to venture into IT careers in future. We get lots of calls from TVET College unemployment graduates to involve them into creating avenues for them to become entrepreneurs in the IT industry but our scope of work is limited due to funding. All the projects that we have done so far were not funded, but through sacrificing from our own pockets as we grow Mpumalanga ICT Club profile.
Thank you for your support too.

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Hi Nicole
Thank you for your comments. Yes indeed we teach them basic trouble shooting skills such as how to keep their labs clean, which cables connect computers, the power of the power cable. We also establish ICT committee of three to five people. School Governance Body's are trained too. I'm glad you like the DigiGirlz and She will connect projects. We get more invitation to train women especially the parents of learners but we unable due to funding. We love the work we do with schools. Thank you again.